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. >> last night president obama led the nation in mourning. he spoke at a memorial service for the 27 victims. it's his fourth trip to a community shaken by a mass shooting. he directed an emotional speech and said the country has failed our children. >> can we honestly say we are doing enough to keep our children from home? i have been reflecting on this and if we are honest with ourselves, the answer is no. we are not doing enough. in the coming weeks, i will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement and mental health professionals and parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. because what choice do we have? >> george w. bush's remarks following 9/11, president obama's speech attempted to mourning and galvanize and he spoke as a parent and frustrated american and maybe one of the most speeches barack obama will give as president and though he spoke movingly, he never used the words guns. he is allowing listeners to take lessons from gun culture and laws from mental health and video games and parental
they can mourn and grieve their loss at this time. the community just certainly now getting out of the sadness and shock part and this grief heavily starting to set in. what we don't know about the shooter at this time is his exact identification. they're trying to process that information, as well. there are numerous reports that they're trying to figure out the exact identification that they had on him at the time. but the main focus here for law enforcement and for first responders is dealing with those families who have lost those children. 18 who died at that school this morning, chris. two others that were transported to a local hospital and died later and six adults and then also the shooter that died. so 27 people in all killed in this small area community here and more details that we'll be learning about the heroics inside that school as this tragedy played out. we're hearing about how features that were in that connection of the school where this happened when they heard shouts or the shooting that started to begin, that they hovered in the area and we've seen the ima
can speak for the nation at this time of mourning." i join the president in condolences and prayers to the victims' loved ones. and on sunday, there will be a prayer vigil at the church. in terms of our coverage tonight, i have a correction to >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. tonight we have an hour to get on top of the horrific tragedy in connecticut to get our heads around it to understand why things like this happen and of course it will take much longer, but let's get to it. we have michelle franzen on the scene, and clint van zandt profiler and msnbc analyst, and psychologist jeff grandier, and caroline mccarthy who entered politics after her husband was killed in a multiple shooting on a suburban commuter train, and we have the head of the national association of school safety and also we will go to my colleague michelle franzen. thank you for staying with us tonight. >> well, hi, chris. we are here in the knnewtown ar of connecticut miles from sandy hook, connecticut, where the tragic shooting took place today. right now, hundreds of resident s are gatherin
of more than ten bullets. >> as the nation mourns 20 children and six women who tried to save them, some of the teachers who survived talk to matt lauer. >> it just kept going, so the noises that i started to hear were pops and, of course, i then at that point said, you know, we've got to do this lockdown. >> immediately the leaders in our building did what they needed to do, and they ran out of the door knowing that that gunfire was showering the hallways and the classrooms. >> i just kept reassuring them that they would be okay, that they were loved, that their mommies and daddies would be there soon and that we had them, we had them. we would hold them tight. and they did continue to cry, but they were able to hold it together. they were -- they were amazing. they were quiet when i needed them to be, and they held each other, and they were perfect. >> friends and family remember 27-year-old victoria soto, a teacher who sacrificed her life for her first graders. >> the response is overwhelming. there's so many people here. it's nice to see how the community has come together, all class
, it was galvanizing, it was remorseful, it mourned those precious little kids that were lost, but it's that galvanizing part, and if he's going to make that speech live in history pretty high up in his presidency, then he has to. i mean, he's all but pledged saying he's going to tackle this. the question is how do you do it? how do you navigate the politics of this? it's not easy. he himself acknowledged there's not one answer, but he also said that doesn't mean you don't try. so, look, they're still trying to put this together here. they're not going to say they have an exact idea of what this is going to look like. it could be a commission. how do you engage the nra? do you try to bring them into the conversation? >> yeah. >> along with hollywood, along with the law enforcement, along with educators. do you try to have one of those types of conversations at first just to sort of see if there's any common ground here? and then where do you go? i think honestly they're still in the beginning stages of this and of trying to figure it out. but i think that he seemed -- if he wants that
know your heart is heavy. this is your community. this is your home. the nation, the world is mourning but this is -- this is your home. i've got to ask you. off the top here about some of the conversations. senator manchin just released a statement following his phone call with the president. he said the president called him and at this point this is the quote. i believe that we must have a dialogue and bring parties from all sides to the table. i know my friends at the nra and those that support the 2nd amendment rights will participate because i know their hearts are aching for the families of newtown just like all americans. but we have not heard from the nra at this point about a conversation on reasonable and sensible gun control. >> well, i mean, listen. i think it's important first to say in newtown the conversation has not turned to gun control because we're still burying the victims of that horrible day. i was at the first of what will be essentially 27 funerals yesterday and the conversation will turn pretty quickly but right now obviously newtown is still in crisis. listen.
, smart as a whip, gentle but rambunctious, mourned by his twin sister ariel who was in a different classroom and survived. jack pinto, also 6, loved skiing, baseball, and football and was a big fan of the new york giants, especially victor cruz. the star receiver wore the boy's name on his cleats and gloves in tribute during the giants game sunday night. as a nation grapples with how and why these many young lives were cut brutally short, it fell to the president in newtown last night to face the impossible task of consoling a town that lay in emotional ruins. >> i can only hope it helps for you to know that the you're not alone in your grief. that our world, too, has been torn apart. that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. we've pulled our children tight. >> as he mourned the 26 women and children murdered in friday's rampage, the president gave indications that this could be the tipping point for real change on gun control. >> we can't tolerate this anymo anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> the president ended by reciting the na
this weekend so that "president obama can speak for the nation at this time of mourning." i join the president in condolences and prayers to the victims' loved ones. and at 7:00 p.m. on sunday, there will be an interfaith church service in newtown. the next briefing is expected to be held at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. at msnbc, our continued coverage. we'll continue now and into the night. >>> weekends with alex witt" starts now. >> a quiet corner of america shattered. >> caller indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> chilling words in the midst of an attack on the least among us. the unimaginable deaths of small children at the hands of a young gunman. an elementary classroom, the killing field. what's left this morning? a small city of grief. a state in mourning. a country with new questions about the price of freedom. good morning, everyone. and welcome to "weekends with alex witt." we're calling it a tragedy, but that particular word nor any other could describe what happened on a cold, bright winter morning in newtown, connecticut. i'm afraid the answers we try to p
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minutes. >>> connecticut governor dan malloy has declared today a day of mourning in his state marking one week since the shootings in newtown. he's called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. and has asked churches and places of worship to ring their bells 26 times in honor of the sandy hook victims. on wall street, the nasdaq will also observe a moment of silence. about an hour later at 10:45 a.m. this morning, the national rifle association will hold its news conference outlining what it calls meaningful contributions to make sure something like this never happens again. >>> the president's task force on reducing gun violence already getting to work. vice president joe biden met with cabinet members and law enforcement officials yesterday as he prepares to deliver recommendations to the president no later than january. >> you know better than anyone what is needed out there and what, i think the public has learned about you is you have a much more wholistic view of how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country than you are ever given credit for. >> speaker boehne
screen and the sounds of the 9/11 calls. it's a pain we've stuffed down but we're still mourning 9/11 the way a shocking death in the family leaves you in permanent mourning. after 9/11 america went through the stages of grief, though mostly we were in anger and wanting revenge and that's what this extraordinary film chronicles, the painstaking path to vengeance. director catherine bigelow who won the oscar for "the hurt locker," takes us inside the black sites an detention centers and the cia offices where military contractors and intelligence operatives battled to extract the information that would find bin laden. bigelow is so focused on authenticity that the film fungss in an element documentary-like style as she underdramatizes this dramatic story. it's stripped of hollywood schmaltz or over stylization to tell this important narrative in a harrowing way. we watched waterboarding and bloody men dragged across boards in dog collars and it forces to you reconfront your beliefs about torture. i have always been steadfastly against torture as if felt like nothing less than comprom
wants me to be on the task force, i'd be glad to serve. we are mourning. the whole nation is mourning. that's an important moment. let the tears dry before we head off into all of these directions at once and not head off at once. the other thing is, let's remember the good things here. the heroism of those teachers and that principal. and i'm not so sure, and i'm sure i'll get mail for this, i'm not so sure i wouldn't want one person in a school armed, ready for in kind of thing. the principal lunged at this guy. the school psychologist lunged at the guy. it has to be someone who's trained, responsible. but, my god, if you can prevent this kind of thing, i think you ought to -- >> go ahead, david. >> can i just say one thing about the debate we need to have? this has become -- one of the problems with the debate is it's a values war. it's perceived as urban versus rural and frankly perceived as an attack on the lifestyle of rural people by urban people. and i admire mayor bloomberg enormously. but it's counterproductive to have him as the spokesperson for the gun law movement. there
this grieving community continues to remember and mourn the 26 who are not. >> there's no words. >> just deep sadness. just like -- just right down to the middle of all of us. >> reporter: grief counselors and extra security teams were at schools as class resumed in k w newto newtown, tuesday. sandy hook elementary has been closed. it's not clear when students will restart school, when they do, the classrooms will look the same as they did before the attack at monroe elementary. still everyone here knows they will never be the same. 20 friends, teammates, brothers and sisters will always be missing. jay gray, nbc news, newtown, connecticut. >>> now for a look at the weather including that winter storm making its way east, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >>> good morning. this storm will cause a lot of headaches. schools will be canceled in some cases. airports will have cancellations, too. this map shows the areas that will be effected. the pink showing the winter storm warnings. now we have brand new busily saad wa blizzard warnings from ames to des moines and central w
and parents in mourning say petting the dogs gives them some relief in sadness. >>> we have some good information about richard engel who was reporting in the middle east. it says after being kidnapped and held for nearly five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew have been freed and unharmed. >> here is your first look at scrambled politics. as anti-gun advocates rallied, the nra took down its facebook page. the group has not commented on the school shootings in connecticut. >>> bill chummily is proposing a bill that would criminalize implementation of barack obama's 2010 health care law. >>> senator john kerry of massachusetts suspected to be president obama's choice to replace secretary of state hillary clinton, but because of the connecticut shootings the announcement will be delayed until later this week. >>> some top newspapers are complaining about the mitt romney campaign sending them bills for reporters covering the campaign. they say they were egregious charges for meals and $745 for a vice presidential debate viewing party. >>> and for
in connecticut to console survivors. after mourning privately with victims' families and first responders. the president took a stage to deliver san emotional speech. followed by an unexpected call for action. >> this is our first task. caring for our children. it's our first job. if we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. that's how as a society we will be judged. and by that
them know that we mourn with them. >> and while opponents protested the nra, the nra told nbc news it will not comment until the facts are thoroughly known. they deactivated their facebook page on sasht after celebrating getting to 1.7 million fans during the week, by the way. so it's the gun owners of america, a gun rights group to the right of the nra that's filling the void. the group's executive director, larry pratt, told "hardball"'s chris matthews, the sandy hook tragedy could have been averted if the teachers had been harmed. >> we've said, no, no, no, no, there's something really special and who knows what about those schools and maybe the teachers can't be trusted with a gun there. >> would this be a less free country if you couldn't have an assault rifle? >> well yb away. >> wait a minute, wait a minute. >> and finally in some other news, we may be closer to a deal on the fiscal cliff than ever before and it may come down to selling any deal that boehner and obama strike to their respective rank and file. today, boehner will meet with house republicans after making an of
is still deeply mourning the lives of 26 people, 20 of them children. the president struck an almost impossible balance of heartfelt emotion and out ragrage. the weight of the moment. no american can relive the horror of this. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. no single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. but that can't be an excuse for an action. surely we can do better than this. >> this is a moment in history where an event alters the direction of a country and moves lawmakers to unity. dianne feinstein was the first to announce an update on an assault weapons ban which she introduced in congress and will introduce it early next year. >> i intend to introduce a bill. and i intend one way or another, no matter how long it takes, to get that bill through. there's one thing i'm sure of. that in the absence of doing something, that is sound, that is practical, that is work
. we all mourn the loss. we see the problem and it's happened in other countries as well. we look for something, okay, what can prevent it? i think that's where we need to go with this discussion, yes, put gun control, more gun control on the table. but also don't forget the mental health element. don't forget, is there a home situation that we need to learn more about. you know, was this young man addicted to violent video games? was there a hollywood influence? i think that we can't just stop at guns. we need to put the whole thing on the table. you know, you know when you drop your child off at school, you want to know that he or she is going to be safe all day long. >> so when you talk about the fact you think more gun control may be a topic to debate right now. there are certainly a number of politicians who have been pro-gun rights in the past. they're now advocating for gun control including senator joe manchin who fired a gun in this ad right here. we're watching it here. they are changing their tune a bit. i want to remind everybody. take a listen. >> i don't know anyone
community, they all know one another, and just wanted to be in a place where they could be together, mourn together, and pray together. >> reporter: kate snow, thank you so much for that update. let me bring in now the mayor of neighboring danbury, connecticut, roughly ten miles from newtown, where today's massacre happened. mr. mayor, thank you for joining us. i know there is no mayor here in this community. i know that you feel like this is part of your greater community. what were your thoughts when you heard what happened here? >> well, obviously, it is just stunning, shocking, whatever adjective you can come up with, chris. and you're absolutely right, i have to hand it to the first mayor here, she is outstanding, and doing what she should be doing, being with the families who lost loved ones today. but it is the most shocking thing i certainly have ever experienced here in western connecticut. our hearts reach out to family and friends, everybody who has been touched by this horrible, horrible act of absolute evil. >> reporter: and there are two questions that always get asked in the
think that this entire nation is mourning. and we need to go through that grieving process. and allow that to happen. and then i do think we need to move rapidly, the dialogue on a number of areas. certainly, there's going to be those who want to talk immediately about gun control and gun legislation. and i think that our party has a responsibility to be part of that discussion. but i also think we have to look at things like mental illness. and their rights. and how do we make sure that guns are not thrown into the wrong hands. i think we have to look at school safety and, frankly, we have to look at the culture that promotes violence and say, are we making mistakes there and do we need to change in that area as well. i think there's a lot of areas that we need to have a national debate and dialogue and i think republicans need to be aggressive in being part of that discussion. >> well, steve, do you think that part of the problem for those who have looked at this as an opportunity to make change, and look at the polls, frankly, that have changed dramatically and show more and more p
period of mourning and absorb this tragedy, but it is worth adding all sides of the debate. we don't know what the motive is here. we don't know more about the shooter. we don't know about the weapon involved. we know this is another horrifying case of gun violence. >> here we have hundreds of children in an elementary school. children age 5 to 10 years old. here is one of the children after this morning's terrible incident, which apparently started around 9:30 when the kids were all in -- >> i was -- i went in the hall when, like, everybody heard the bullets. >> yeah. >> they, like, went into a total panic. >> how are you doing? what went on in your head as this was happening? >> whoa. >> whoa. i am just -- >> it's also -- >> fear and shock. bloo to think about even the kids that witnessed them being witnessed to or thinking about it. the issue about what we don't know about what motivated the shooter, so many facts we don't know, and we shouldn't speculate about. one obvious point that comes up, you heard in the 911 call, andrea, this was a school that was in lockdown. there are lockdow
that an impromptu vigil is beginning to form right outside the white house. people just coming together to mourn because i think so many people are mourning today for the victims in connecticut and also to send their prayers and their condolences. so that is happening right now outside of the white house just beginning to gather. we're going to monitor that and brick bring you any developments. but the president continues to monitor this situation, continues to make it very clear that the federal government will offer its full support, it's full resources to the people of connecticut. martin? >> kristin, as the president said, as a country we have been through this too many times. kristin welker, thank you so much. let me bring in two of my friends and colleagues, the host of msnbc's "the cycle" toure and crystal ball. krystal, what was your reaction. off young daughter and you are pregnant. >> it's been a very emotional day. i think i feel the way the president feels, the way that most patients feel, the way that most americans feel. not to state the obvious, but there's something about it bein
so they can mourn and grieve their loss during this time. this community certainly just now getting out of the sadness and shock part and this grief heavily starting to set in. what we don't know about the shooter at this time is his exact identification. they're trying to process that information as well. there are numerous reports that they're trying to figure out the exact identification that they had on him at the time. but the main focus here for law enforcement and for first responders is dealing with those families who have lost those children. 18 who died at that school this morning, chris. two others that were transported to a local hospital and died later. and six adults and then also the shooter that died. so 27 people in all killed in this small area community here. and more details that we'll be learning about the heroics inside that school as this tragedy played out. we're hearing about how teachers that were in that section of the school where this happened, when they heard shouts or the shooting that started to begin, that they gathered those children and they hovere
up, as america mourns the victims of the sandy hook shooting, the story that had most of the -- the story that most of the country had been focused on has rightly remained on the sidelines. will washington put aside the squabbling and reach a deal on the fiscal cliff? we will ask luke russert just ahead. oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like al
to contain it. only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable. but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not acceptable. talking about how to stop mass shootings in the aftermath of a string of mass shootings, ezra writes is not too soon. it is much too late. ezra there echoing comment there's from new york city's mayor michael bloomberg, who has long been very outspoken on this issue, but never more so than today. he says, quote, we heard after columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. we heard it after virginia tech, after tucson and aurora and oak creek. and now we are hearing it again. for every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. today many of them were 5-year-olds. president obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in newtown. but the country needs him to send a bill to congress to fix this problem. calling for meaningful action is not enough. we need immediate action. we've heard all the rhetoric before. what we have not seen is leadership, not from the white house and n
for a procession and vigil to mourn the mexican american singer who was killed in a plane crash sunday. mexico's top transportation official says rivera's plane plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and may have hit the ground at more than 600 miles per hour. >>> in russia's far east, a fiery sight as a dormant volcano started erupting after almost 40 years. red-hot lava poured out as an alert went out for planes to stay back. >>> a giant asteroid known as 4179 tutotis is passing by earth within 4.3 million miles. that's close enough to view through a telescope, and it's more than 3 miles across. that's about half the size of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. >>> now let's get a check of wall street. the dow closed at 13,248 after gaining 78 points yesterday. the s&p added nine. the nasdaq jumped 35. overseas markets also ended on a high note. in tokyo, the nikkei rose 56 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng plunged 179. >>> and markets closed higher for a fifth straight day. they would have added more tuesday, but stocks gave back some gains a
for an unbearable number of child funerals and as thousands rally in that small new england town to mourn and pray, we are also learning more about the victims and the details are devastating. nbc's danielle lee is live in newtown with more on their stories. danielle, given the ages of these children alone, it is just heartbreaking. >> reporter: alex it is just so heartbreaking. .i just got back from visiting sandy hook elementary on the other side of this park here and just about everywhere you go in and out of the town center, a long line of cars filled with people coming in to pay their respec respects many with tear in their eyes. there is just so much loss, hard to imagine the sad innocence this tight-knit community. the deep pain is cementing in on the faces of those who lost their babies. 6 and 7-year-olds, like emelie parker, brutally killed by an assault-style rifle. >> my daughter, emilie, would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving her love and support to all those victims, because that's the type of person that she is. >> reporter: friends of teacher vicki soto shared tear
that afghanistan and america share the grief of mourning for too many dead. finally, thanks to a remarkable criminal case still unfolding in canada, we now know that the maple syrup there is just as valuable as it is delicious. the "new york times" reports that on tuesday, three men were arrested for allegedly stealing six million pounds of maple syrup valued at $18 million from the country's global strategic maple syrup reserve which is a real thing. since quebec can produce around 75% of the world's supply, excess reserves are stockpiled. what oil is to opec, syrup is to the federation of quebec. went down like this. thieves who were basically inside guys entered part of a warehouse with 16,000 drums were stored, then loaded up trucks with their bounty and started selling to buyers in canada and across the border in new hampshire and vermont. we also know how seriously this crime is being taken. roughly 300 people have been questioned and 40 search warrants enacted so the five suspects still on the run know that justice will likely be served and it will likely be sweet. want to find out w
were there to mourn. lloyd's death should have been a wake up call for all of us. i will never fore get trembling as i looked at that little casket. we're going to look at 20 little caskets next week. when will we stop together as a nation and come together across all lines and stop this where we will not have children robbed in their infancy and robbed in the future of this nation. i thought of lloyd times 20 today. i don't know if america can take anymore scenes like this. i hope this wake up call will really lead to our dealing with all of the issues that are connected to this. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. a live edition of "hardball" is up next. [ thunder crashes ] [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn't. stop pretending. only flood insurance covers floods. ♪ visit floodsmart.gov/pretend to learn your risk. but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function.
not only connecticut but the nation in mourning. he spoke at the newtown vigil last night as both a president and a father. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. there's only one thing we can be sure of. that's the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. god has called them all home. for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> we are joined by pastor rocky veech of connections church in newtown, connecticut, and pastor joey newton of the newtown bible church. pastor rocky, you were also a pastor in denver when columbine happened in 1999. what can you tell us about how a community starts to heal from something like this? >> i think it starts to heal right away with the funerals like here today. and community starts to come together. i noticed living in columbine, that was the beginning. those were the beginning signs of the healing that did take weeks after that. >> you know, this i guess is to both of you. we speend a lot of tim
] learn from my story. >> the "politics nation" family has been mourning the deaths of the sanity hook's shooting all weekend. today, people had a lot to say about this touching photo of president obama holding the granddaughter of the school's principal who was killed in the attack. genelle called him the comforter-in-chief. richard says he's a man with a golden heart. fifi says the president owes it to that little girl and her slain grandmother to turn these children's and teacher's ashes into a right, purposeful and just action. we want you to share your thoughts on this tragic shooting. please head over to facebook and search "politics nation" and like us to join the conversation long after the show ends. cute. but don't you have any apps on your phone that can make your life easier? who do you think i am, quicken loans? at quicken loans, we'll provide you with myql mobile. this amazingly useful app allows you to take pictures of your mortgage documents using an iphone or android smart phone... so you can easily send them to us. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. oo
has proclaimed tomorrow a day of mourning for the victims of the sandy hook elementary school shooting. gun violence is not a suburban issue or an urban issue. it's an american issue. here, in chicago, gun violence is an epidemic. take a look at this map of the city. the yellow dots mark all of the shootings that have taken place in chicago this year alone. the red dots represent people killed by gun violence in 2012. all toll, 465 people have been killed in chicago this year. including 62 school-aged children. all of these murders and mass killings are tragedies. we've had almost segregated response. every child's life should have equal value. yet, too many people have been silent about the murders in places like chicago. the gun debate has been raging for a long time chlts but none of us have done enough. yesterday, the president was asked this question. >> this is not the first issue of horrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> where has he been? where has the congress been? where has everybody been? gun violence wasn't part of the national debate in the pres
of us as americans who are mourning the death in newtown. and we don't want to see anymore of these shootings again. >> so they always hide behind the second amendment. they're fabulous at doing that. but the second amendment does not give you the right to bear any kind of arm. and technology has changed. and, of course, the design has changed, the proficiency of the manufacturing has changed. why will no republican step forward and admit that? >> well, because of the fear of the nra leadership, which is fanatic, which lies to gun to regulate guns in any way is a prelude to taking all your guns away. luckily, the power of the nra was shown to be a paper tiger in the last election. i think that knowledge is going to have to be broadcast and assimilated that you can take on the nra and live to tell about it. you know, no right is absolute. we have the first amendment right to freedom of speech, but you can't get away with yelling fire in a crowded theater. so second amendment, the supreme court has ruled the second amendment confers a personal right to carry arms, but it does
given time for mourning and prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." the nra is planning to hold a major news conference in the washington, d.c. area on friday, december 21. after the newtown massacre, democratic congressman released this statement, i have been largely silent on the issue of gun violence over the past six years, and i now am as sorry for that as i am for the families who lost so much in this most recent, but sadly not isolated tragedy. i will not be silent any longer. joining me now, congressman john yarmouth, congressman, you have been in congress for six years from kentucky. difficult place to be elected from if you're on the wrong side of the nra. what do you believe the congress should do now and what are you prepared to support in congress? >> well, there are many things i'm prepared to support. the things the president has talked about. the re-institution of the assault weapons ban. limitation on high capacity magazines. the -- eliminating
, barbara and i mourn the loss of a true american patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a dear friend. as for the former president, his spokesman said in just the past hour, he is in intensive care but continues to improve. the 88-year-old former president's been in the hospital since november 23rd. he was moved to the intensive care unit last sunday after what was described as a series of setbacks including a persistent fever n. a statement, chief of staff said, quote, is he sick, yes? does he plan on going anywhere any time soon? no. every intention of staying put. he would ask me to tell you to put please put the harps back in the closet. those are just a few of the things we thought you should know. we continue, of course, to follow the developing news of washington d.c. not a grand bargain but sources telling nbc news that president obama is prepared to offer congressional leaders a smaller deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff behind closed doors at the white house. i want to bring in white house corre
given time for mourning, prayer, and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. but then they said this, and i think this is the important part. quote, the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. the nra is prepared to make meaningful contributions to stopping the next mass shooting in america. the nra? seriously? tell me more. >>> schools in newtown, connecticut, reopened today. students returning to classrooms today at all of them except two. one newtown elementary school called head of the meadow remained closed today after that school received an unspecified threat this morning from someone who is obviously in contention for the title of most heinous person on earth. aside from that, newtown elementary school closed today because of the threat, the other school that remained closed today is of course sandy hook where the shooting happened on friday. sandy hook will remain closed indefinitely. school administrators have made arrangements to send students to the neighboring town of monroe to a middle school
of the gun guys. take a look. >> we join the president in mourning the victims of the horrible tragedy in connecticut. he's appointed vice president biden to lead a commission. when the vice president's recommendations come forward, we'll certainly take them into consideration. at this point i think our hearts and souls ought to be to think about those victims in this -- >> so you're hoping -- >> did you catch that, ron? that the we're not supposed to think about gun control. we're supposed to think about how terrible what happened is but don't think about why it may have happened or what could be done to stop it from happening. that would be desecrating the memory. you know, these guys hide behind this. they say don't think about what caused it. show reverence. it seems to me consider it to think about making sure something like this doesn't happen again if you can as part of your good sentiment. you don't just say, too bad, and move on. you go, too bad, let's see what we can do about it. that seems to be a positive sentiment. >> it is fair enough to say there's a bigger problem here
focused on saving their students. >> gosh. our country today continuing to mourn the deaths of those 20 small children as the impact of yesterday's -- continues to sink in today. i want to bring in chris jansing. she has been in newtown yesterday. according to "the washington post," six of the welfare deadliest mass shootings in this country's history had happened since 2007. i will start with a simple question here. why are these shootings taking even more victims it seems? >> well, they are taking more victims, number one, because we see shooters using semiautomatic weapons. most of the time you look at the mass shootings, probably in the last 15 to 30 years, it is either semiautomatic pistols, which normally have about 15, 16 rounds or high capacity. they could have 20 or they use assault rifles which, again, have 2035 rounds. so the shooters are going in and they are better armed and have high capacity weapons and they are obviously shooting to kill. in this case, the most innocent of those what do some of the shooters -- what are some of the traits they all have in common? >> well,
a statement from his hospital bed -- we mourn the loss of a true american patriot. more than that he was a good and a decent man and a dear friend. joining me by telephone is retired general barry mccaffery, now a msnbc news analyst. you were widely believed to be his favorite general. so tell us about the man that you knew, and for all of us gen-xers and older who got to know him, tell us about his characterizations. >> a good way to set it up, thomas. i think he was a great man. he was ferociously intelligent, sometimes missed that this guy had a genius-level i.q., a bundle of energy, more importantly to us -- a lot of our senior military leaders are good organizers with great energy, but this guy had a sense of strategic understanding of the battlefield, so what's discounted nowadays is that four-day ground victory for the first war, going into it we were dealing with the fourth largest army in the face of the earth that then was pulled apart by u.s. airpower, naval power, but more importantly by schwarzkopf, instead of banging away directly at the enemy and circling the whole for
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